From January 17th 2009 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has invited the young Romanian artist Victor Man (Cluj, 1974) to make an intervention within The Collection Two, the museumís anniversary exhibition. Victor Man is a master of omission without loss of meaning. In combination with works from the museumís permanent collection his works suggest unexpected meanings.
Victor Man’s installation is a balanced combination of his own works and paintings from the museum’s collection. On the basis of analogies and similarities with his own works he has selected works such as the Christus Salvator Mundi by Dirk Bouts, a painting by Titian in which a nymph is menaced by a faun, and a landscape by Joachim Patinir showing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Victor Man’s oeuvre comprises small paintings in shades of black and grey, ‘found’ photographs transferred to various materials, and installations. All his works have one thing in common: they are characterised by the suggestion of an unresolved narrative. The individual works and components of his installations function as fragments from a story or an event. Artcritic Natalie Haddad, Frieze Magazine, has said that Man’s work hover ‘on the walls like the relics of secret societies, dislocated and adrift..’.
The museum is giving contemporary art a prominent place in its new displays in the form of three artist’s presentations that reflect upon the collection and the building. These visual statements are intensified through alternation with works from the permanent collection, establishing a dialogue that heightens the senses and encourages contemplation. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has an active programme of exhibiting and responding to leading international artists.